WESTCARE PACIFIC ISLANDS PROGRAMS



Spark hosts fun and educational workshops for couples who are in a committed relationship. These workshops foster healthy relationships and increase the bond between couples. Workshops build upon each couple's strengths and teaches critical life and relationship skills. By enhancing positive communication, learning how to get through hard times, and adding fun into their relationship, couples in the program create a more stable future together.

Spark is part of a network of 91 organizations providing comprehensive healthy relationship skills and marriage education services to improve the overall well-being of children and their parents. This grant is administered by the Administration for Children and Families under the Healthy Marriage and Fatherhood (HMRF) initiative which seeks to foster economically secure households and communities for the well-being and long-term success of children and families.



Funded through the Drug-Free Communities Grant administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the mission of Coalition for Drug-Free Dededo (CDFD) is to reduce youth substance use and misuse through education, prevention, and leadership, by creating an environment that supports the ability of youth, individuals, families, and the village of Dededo to withstand challenges. CDFD also aims to decrease risk factors and increase protective factors related to substance use and misuse through community awareness and education of youth and their parents/caregivers. The coalition is comprised of representatives from various sectors and is culturally diverse, reflecting the unique Dededo community.

Through the DFC grant, WPI is connected to a global network of coalition for drug-free communities. The CDFD consists of 12 sectors and beyond, representing the Youth, Parent, Government, Civic/Volunteer, Religious, Youth Serving Organization, Other Organizations Reducing Substance Abuse, Business, Media, School, Health, and Law Enforcement. The coalition is diverse, ensuring true representation of the village community it serves.


Our Services: The Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program serves low income Veteran families who are at-risk of or are currently experiencing homelessness. SSVF’s primary goal is to provide immediate and short-term care to transition a Veteran from housing crisis to housing stability. Aligned with the philosophy of “Housing First”, we immediately address needs vital to survival — shelter, food, water, and clothing. We connect the Veteran to state and federal resources to address needs related to employment, physical health, behavioral health, financial management and education. We can provide the Veteran with Temporary Financial Assistance (TFA) for required deposits, rental and utility payments, vehicle repair, child care costs, transportation, and legal assistance. The SSVF Program guides Veterans and their families in establishing support networks and financial resources to establish a place to call home. Between years 2014 to 2019, SSVF served 400 Veterans and their families.

Outreach and Advocacy: The SSVF Program conducts creative and comprehensive outreach to identify Veterans experiencing homelessness on Guam. We canvas streets, beaches, encampments and other frequented areas to serve as a person-centered bridge from street to a safe and stable home. As an active member of the Guam Homeless Coalition and Continuum of Care (CoC), SSVF has collaborated closely with our community partners to meet the unique needs of our veterans in a holistic way. The SSVF Program is funded by a grant administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Although the grant covers most essential needs for Veterans experiencing homelessness, we are in constant search of community donations to fill any gaps in services. We offer an on-site, donation pantry to provide food, hygiene products, clothing and household goods to Veterans in need.




EFSP was established by Congress in 1983, in response to the 1982 Recession, which brought to light that public and charitable institutions at the state and local levels could not adequately respond to the nation’s homeless and food insecurity crises without Federal support. The program funds can be used for a broad range of services, including mass shelter; mass feeding; food distribution through food pantries and food banks; one-month assistance with rent or mortgage payments, and/or utility payments, to prevent evictions; and transition assistance from shelters to stable living conditions. EFSP is administered by a National Board chaired by FEMA.



Project Isa-Ta PREP PATHways offers prevention-based training to Guam and Palau’s youth; increasing their capacities in positive choices, becoming leaders in our communities, and engaging in pro-social activities. Isa-Ta offers evidence-based approaches that are gender-responsive and age appropriate for middle school students. The youth have an opportunity to learn skills to cope with peer pressure, build healthy relationships, and increase their self-esteem. Using an interactive approach, Project Isa-Ta PREP PATHways teaches refusal skills that show youths how to set personal limits.



Uplift Counseling Services provides compassionate and meaningful care that empowers individuals and families to overcome barriers and significant life challenges. Services include for those seeking support in personal growth, relationship difficulties, major life challenges, family issues, stress & anxiety and individuals challenging drug & alcohol abuse. Counseling services are available to individuals, couples, families and groups.

Uplift is part of an organization that provides services to the different communities on island. Referrals to these different programs & services may enhance and provide additional support that individuals are seeking. Services also include Supportive Services for Veterans & Families, the SPARK program that provides workshops to enhance healthy families, PREP Program for Youth Leadership and the GUAHAN Project that provides free HIV/STD testing and counseling services.



I GUMA-TA

I Guma-ta is a five (5) unit housing that WestCare Pacific Islands manages from Guam Housing and Urban Renewal Authority. These houses are for Veteran and their families who experience either homelessness or at risk of homelessness. I Guma-ta provides a permanent home structure. Services to include light touch case management to assure Veteran and families continue to reside at I Guma-ta.



THE GUAHAN PROJECT

The GUAHAN Project is the Western Pacific's only HIV/AIDS service organization. This project promotes the vital importance of knowing your HIV/AIDS status. It works to reduce shame and stigma associated with getting tested and educates members of at-risk populations on Guam.

We offer confidential HIV/STD testing, counseling, outreach and specialized training throughout the Western Pacific. This program also facilitates community outreach and education to reduce the shame and stigma associated with the disease. Hepatitis C rapid testing will be available on site soon.